Jul 20
2009

Breadmaker Bakeoff, Part I

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On Saturday my Breadman Deluxe Breadmaker faced off with a Zojirushi BBCCZ20 Home Bakery Supreme Bread Machine in a bakeoff.
I picked 3 different dishes (a bread recipe, a main dish, and a dessert) to bake in each machine, and then fed the results to 8 adult taste testers in a blind tasting.
Each tester was given a sheet of paper where they recorded their opinions.
It was a very fun evening. I even convinced Mr. Fuji to get in the kitchen and whip up some of his fabulous mashed potatoes to accompany our main dish.
For the bread dish, I made one of my favorites, Tomato Basil Bread,
for the main dish, I made meatloaf,
and for the dessert, Butter Mochi (a sweet sticky rice and coconut cake).
For the Tomato Basil Bread test, the Zojirushi version was the favorite. 2 people liked the Breadman version best and 6 people liked the Zojirushi version best. One person who liked the Breadman version best said that it was because it was more moist and they tasted the tomato flavor more. The other person said it was because the bread was a little smoother and the basil flavoring came through more, but that the difference was pretty small. Those that liked the Zojirushi version best said it was because it was more moist, had a thinner crust (and the Breadman version had a thicker drier crust), and was softer.
For the Meatloaf test, the Breadman version was the favorite. 4 people preferred the Breadman version, 2 people preferred the Zojirushi version, and 1 person said they were about the same. 1 person couldn’t try it because she can’t eat beef (she was lucky enough to eat some of Mr. Fuji’s awesome grilled chicken instead). Those that liked the Breadman version best said that it was because it was more moist and tender and they liked the flavor better. Those that liked the Zojirushi version best felt that it was the more tender version. Go figure!
For the Butter Mochi test, the Zojirushi version was the unanimous favorite, with all 8 people preferring it over the Breadman version.
They said that it was more moist, had a better taste, had a better consistency (smoother, almost like pudding, as opposed to the Breadman version which several people described as more “rubbery”), and because the crust was not as hard as the Breadman version.
It was very interesting to make the same dishes simultaneously in two different machines.
Not only was it interesting to compare the results, but it was also very interesting to compare the processes for using each machine and the subsequent clean up of each machine.

Coming Tomorrow: Breadmaker Bakeoff, Part II–So how do the two machines ultimately compare? What should you look for/think about when buying a breadmaker?

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen July 20, 2009 at 10:41 am

This is so great!!!! Wish I could help judge!
♥ Jen

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nicole July 20, 2009 at 10:44 am

have you used the zojurishi to make actual mochi? i love mochi and don't want to buy a pure mochi machine. hopefully this one can make mochi as well as jams, bread, and other things.

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Fuji Mama July 20, 2009 at 11:38 am

Jen– I wish you could too! If you're ever in town I promise to hold a taste-testing of some sort in your honor.

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Fuji Mama July 20, 2009 at 11:38 am

nicole– I haven't made actual mochi, and am not sure about using the breadmaker to make it. I did read that in fact, mochi can be made using a breadmaker if the rice is soaked and steamed separately and the machine can be started in a kneading mode. I haven't been able to find any actual recipes or descriptions on how this is done. I'll keep looking and let you know if I find anything useful!

I did read an article about a chef in Japan though who made mochi in his food processor. He said he would puree the cooked rice and slowly add rice flour until the mixture comes away from the side of the bowl. He would then pour it out on a floured surface and knead it like bread dough until it was a bit shiny. At that point he said you could add yoru fillings or cover it with colored sweet rice paste and make it into small daifuku.

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Fuji Mama July 20, 2009 at 1:23 pm

nicole– I contacted Koda Farms (http://www.kodafarms.com/index.html), who is a source for Mochiko (http://www.kodafarms.com/products.html#mochiko) and asked them if they've ever come across info about making mochi in a bread maker. This was their response: "Well, that's a novel idea! But no, we have never encountered such a recipe…

Note aside, the motor that drives the 'stem' that twists the steamed rice into mochi in a mochi maker is significantly more powerful than that in a breadmaker. Odds are you'd burn out your breadmaker's motor."

There is a mochi maker on the market that doubles as a bread dough maker (but won't bake the dough): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001ZPWDO/ref=s9_simz_gw_s0_p79_t1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1PYM04RBQMFWBQWJPC8Q&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

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Fuji Mama July 20, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Nicole– Ok, this may sum up an answer to your question (sorry to be long-winded)! I also asked Zojirushi your question and this was their response, "'Real' mochi needs real kneading (actual pounding), and the breadmaker won’t be able to do it." They also pointed out that certain dishes like dango are "made by making a dough ball from rice flour and water, and steamed or boiled. You really don’t need any special machines to make this type of mochi."

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Snakebit July 20, 2009 at 2:42 pm

I like the comparison challenge. Great idea! Do you have any meatloaf left over? I love the stuff.

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Chef E July 20, 2009 at 6:55 pm

I have wondered about purchasing a bread maker, since I do not have quite the 'flour' thumb many do…so this is interesting, and fun! Looks good too…

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LoveFeast Table July 20, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Looks like you are having a lot of fun…and eating great food…not to mention, being inspired to create new products in the machines! Awesome!

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Mariko July 21, 2009 at 1:15 am

I want that mochi cake recipe! I make just regular butter mochi, but that looks special– some sort of coconut on the top or something?

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Fuji Mama July 21, 2009 at 4:07 am

Mariko– The link to the recipe is actually there! But here it is again: http://www.zojirushi.com/user/scripts/user/recipe.php?recipe_id=33 Yes, it has a layer of coconut on it. The coconut gets added at 2 different times during cooking which helps give the mochi a fabulous coconutty flavor…mmmm….

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Emily July 21, 2009 at 1:20 pm

I've been on a bit of a coconut kick lately. So that recipe will of course be tried. Did you know that they make toasted coconut covered marshmallows? Oh my gosh, you should taste the s'mores!

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nicole July 23, 2009 at 10:16 am

thanks for the fast and detailed response! I don't think that I can justify buying a mochi-maker that doesn't do anything else because I'm the only person that likes mochi (I don't live with my family, who loves it) in my apartment. also, since i live in an apartment, counter space is really valuable. i really thought that there were rice cookers that could double as mochi (had a mochi setting?), but i think that the mochi maker that I made mochi with before was purely a mochi machine (tiger brand I think). I just wish that one of those buttons on the "fuzzy" rice cookers could be used for mochi! the quick mochi recipes I've used (microwave based) turned out weird and baked-like with a crust on top.

any insight?

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JFlair February 10, 2010 at 11:06 am

Butter mochi cake looks yummy…
I also wanted to share my blog about making mochi with a bread machine. My Japanese friend told me about it and I’ve used my bread machine to make mochi many times. It turns out nice and silky everytime. The title is “Mochi Feast!” and you can find the blog, questions, answers about making mochi from the link below.
http://jflairhomestyles.com/blog/?s=mochi+

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